Purses went up a little under Joe and course conditions improved, and he helped get Tour events on better courses. It was Joe who first had the idea for a minor league golf tour, what the Nationwide tour is today. He also had the idea for the Players Championship, which was started in 1974 as the Tournament Players Championship. In the early years of the TPC the winner got a plaque called the Joseph C. Dey Trophy. In '82 the tournament moved to TPC Sawgrass, and they started giving out the new trophy.
The second most important thing Dey did as commissioner was to urge us to hire Deane Beman as his successor. Beman was only 35, a little guy with a big ego. At first none of us could see the wisdom of this move. But the Tour exploded under Beman. He got the Senior tour off the ground too. My timing was lucky there. I turned 50 in '79, just when the Senior tour was getting started. I'm 80 now and still play when I can.
Joe died in 1991. The Stadium course wouldn't be his idea of a classic layout, but he would have liked how all the mounding gives spectators easy viewing. He also would have enjoyed how everybody talks about the 17th hole. All that's good for the game, and that's what Joe Dey cared about most.