It would be difficult to find a more apt whipping boy in golf's social media circles these days than the oft-maligned Jim Furyk.

It would also be difficult to find a richer one.

If this post on Golf Digest is true, then Furyk is succeeding in the exact way almost all professional golfers want to succeed -- in his wallet.

And he's doing it better than almost anyone who has ever lived.

Furyk, at just under $63 million in PGA Tour earnings, has made more money playing golf than all but three humans in the history of the world (Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Vijay Singh).

He has made more money on the PGA Tour than Rory McIlroy and Adam Scott combined. He has made roughly the same amount of money playing golf as Kevin Durant has playing basketball.

And yet, it has been difficult for him to shake that haunting "hasn't won the last nine times he has held the 54-hole lead at a PGA Tour event" statistic.

Maybe it's the swing, maybe it's that we need foils for our super-duper-uber clutch athletes like Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy or maybe it's just a combination of the fact that 5-Hour Energy spent real American money to put its name on Jim Furyk's body.

Whatever it is (or was), I wasn't immune. It's fun (and funny) to have somebody to make fun of and the dude who kept blowing 54-hole leads was pretty much the perfect target.

Winning on the PGA Tour is so often arbitrary, though. Most folks don't realize how impressive it is that Furyk has 174 top-10 finishes on the PGA Tour. That's actually a pretty stunning number. He also has 15 (!) top-five finishes at majors (Tiger has 31, Mickelson has 26).

Jim Furyk's Heritage victory Sunday was his 17th career PGA Tour title. (Getty Images)
Jim Furyk's Heritage victory Sunday was his 17th career PGA Tour title. (Getty Images)

Still, Furyk himself said he was starting to wander a little bit in the mental desert.

"I was getting to the point where I was starting to get to the point where losing hurts a lot more than winning feels good," Furyk admitted Sunday night.

"And I was starting to believe that. And I didn't want to, but you have the lead and see someone beat you a bunch of times in a row, and I won't say it was a negative attitude. I was starting to feel like this game is beating me up, and the losing hurts a lot more than winning feels good. I think I just forget how good winning feels."

It certinly felt great Sunday when Furyk dropped a tidy little 63 at Hilton Head to get PGA Tour win No. 17. Only 47 golfers have more than Furyk in the history of the PGA Tour.

So now that Furyk has won again for the first time since the rain pelted his balding dome at the 2010 Tour Championship, maybe we can find a new object of our (sometimes uninformed) golf fan wrath.

Jim Furyk has had a truly remarkable career with a consistency that's nearly unparalleled (only he, Phil Mickelson and Charles Howell III have made the top 125 of the PGA Tour money list every year since 2000).

"Just winning golf tournaments is what gets me out of bed in the morning. It's why I still want to compete and play, is to wake up on Sunday with a chance."

That's all any of us really want, isn't it?

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