Born: October 6, 1959
Hometown: Eureka, California
Joined Tour: 1980
PBA Tour Championships Won: 47
PBA50 Championships Won: 9
Major Championships Won (8):
- 1994 Touring Players Championship, Indianapolis, Indiana
- 1998 U.S. Open, Milford, Connecticut
- 2001 PBA National Championship, Toledo, Ohio
- 2003 U.S. Open, Fountain Valley, California
- 2003 PBA World Championship, Taylor, Michigan
- 2004 ABC Masters, Reno, Nevada
- 2006 Denny's World Championship, Indianapolis, Indiana
- 2010 USBC Masters, Reno, Nevada
Awards and Honors:
- PBA50 Player of the Year (2013)
- PBA Senior Player of the Year (2012)
- PBA Senior Rookie of the Year (2010)
- PBA Player of the Year (1986, 1993, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2003, 2010)
- Harry Smith Point Leader Award (1993, 1994, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2003, 2008, 2010)
- George Young High Average Award (1993, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2003, 2005, 2008, 2010)
- PBA Hall of Fame (1995)
- USBC Hall of Fame (1995)
Nicknamed Deadeye for his accuracy in both bowling and horseshoes, Walter Ray Williams, Jr. is one of the most respected bowlers on the PBA Tour among his competitors.
A seven-time player of the year, Williams is also the all-time leading money winner on Tour. Williams has dominated the Tour for almost two decades, despite currently being significantly older than most of his competitors.
His calm demeanor combined with his powerful delivery make him one of the most charismatic bowlers on Tour. People, and his fellow bowlers, are amazed at what a man with such a level head can do with a bowling ball.
Williams placed #2 on the PBA's 50 Greatest Players of the Last 50 Years list during the 2008-09 season, behind only Earl Anthony.