'Deadeye' dominates bowling, horseshoes

By Tom Clark, USA TODAY

He's the most underhanded man in sports. Walter Ray Williams Jr., nicknamed "Deadeye" for his uncanny accuracy rolling bowling balls and pitching horseshoes, is well on his way to his sixth Professional Bowlers Association Player of the Year award after winning his second U.S. Open title Sunday in Fountain Valley, Calif.

PBA via AP
Walter Ray Williams Jr., of Ocala, Fla., wins his 36th PBA Tour title Sunday at the 60th U.S. Open in Fountain Valley, Calif.
With his 236-198 victory against Michael Haugen Jr., Williams won $100,000 and became bowling's first $3 million man. Through 17 PBA Tour events this season, the Hall of Famer leads with $292,500.

Williams is a six-time world horseshoes pitching champ; a horseshoe, Deadeye, is even named after him. He uses a similar underhand motion in bowling and horseshoes, where he's ranked No. 4 in the USA in ringer average. "If I devoted more time to pitching horseshoes, I could be No. 1. But it doesn't pay the bills. Right now I'd rather be No. 1 on the PBA Tour."

As in golf, bowling's U.S. Open features harrowing scoring conditions, which played right up the consistent Williams' alley. It was his 36th career title, trailing only the late Earl Anthony's record 41. A sixth player of the year award would tie Williams with Anthony for most in a career.

Williams, 43, who documents his strikes and ringers at, has one PBA major left, the world championship in March. Then it's on to the horseshoes world championship in August.

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