Height: 6 ft
Birthday: August 20, 1962
College: University of California at Los Angeles
Year Turned Pro: 1985
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California
Sponsor: Taylor Made
James Joseph “Duffy” Waldorf was a two-time All American at UCLA and was selected the 1985 College Player of the Year. Waldorf won the 1984 California State Amateur tournament. He went on to represent the United States at the Walker Cup that same year and turned professional following the event.
In 1985, Waldorf joined the PGA Tour. He waited an entire decade before getting his first win at the 1995 Texas Open. 1999 was his best year on tour winning both the Buick Classic and the Texas Open in playoffs.
In 2007, Duffy had to re-qualify for the PGA tour by attending the year-end qualifying school tournament where he finished tied for 14th, securing his card for 2008. Unfortunately, Waldorf injured his knee in 2008 and found himself completely out of golf in 2009 and 2010. He played only 4 times in 2011 and lost his tour card.
Waldorf split time between the Nationwide Tour, the Champions Tour and mixed in an occasional PGA start in 2012. In 2013, Waldorf rediscovered his game and recorded 12 top ten finishes on the Champions Tour.
Waldorf has made his first 11 cuts on the Champions Tour in 2015 and pocketed more than a quarter million dollars in earnings.
Waldorf is well-known for marking his golf ball with unusual drawings and messages of good luck and reminders from his wife and children.
Off the course, Waldorf has focused his charitable efforts on providing a diversified education curriculum for children. He sponsors and contributes to the Highland Hall Waldorf School which teaches art and human development to young people.