Joe Dey couldn't resist a little joke, having not quite retired as yet. He smiled at the young man who will replace him.
"Deane," said Dey, "actually, you're still just a commissioner trainee."
And Joe Dey thought of something else. He looked across a room in the Del Monte Lodge at Johnny Miller and Ben Crenshaw. He looked out the window at Pebble Beach, which holds its charm even in a dark sky. And he looked back at a confident Deane Beman.
"My goodness," Joe said. "This game is in splendid shape."