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Career The Augusta Challenge: Ian Vs Foxy - 15th Hole Results

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17 hours ago, BatiGoal said:

Sometimes even the easy looking finals are tough and as we know they could go either way. So sitting on a birdie is a good position to be in. Well played @Ian

Cheers Bati, yes I’ve noticed finals can be even more random this year and also derby games so it was nice to get the wins this time, just a shame about the League Cup defeat but can’t be helped.

17 hours ago, Kanegan said:

Well played mate. This is really going down the wire. 

Thanks Kane, a lot hinges on the next couple of holes for me and if Foxy can hit an Eagle on this one then he’d be in a great position going forward.

8 hours ago, Foxy said:

Really unlucky with that League Cup Quarter as if you had got through the shootout you would have probably walked the next two rounds.

A birdie is an excellent result for this hole though.

Thank you Foxy, we had a few injuries and I maybe got my rotation slightly wrong and paid the price. I thought then that it could maybe turn into a disaster but fortunately everything went well after that and the squad was in a much better state for the second season.

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I was looking forward to this hole as although I knew it would never be easy it was nice to be able to build my squad how I wished and use which ever tactic I felt best without any restrictions on needing to play certain players or sell/buy certain players.

I need at least a 🐦 to keep ahead of @Ian otherwise he will have clawed back my two hole advantage in the last two holes we have played.

It wasn’t a great start as I lost in the WCC final but as this competition doesn’t count for this challenge as it is played every 4 years it didn’t matter that much.


Lets do this on a competition by competition basis.

Premier League

Let’s start with the easiest competition to win. I say that simply because I have a world class squad and even a few lost points if I rest players isn’t going to make that much difference over the course of 38 games.


There was no mistakes in the long run as we won back to back titles although there were no unbeaten seasons.
Season 1


Season 2


Champions League

Next up we will look at what I think is the 2nd easiest competition to win when you have a world class squad. I say this because you have a group stage and then 2 leg matches up to the final so the game can’t shithouse you and knock you out based on just one bad performance. The final is a different matter but then it comes a couple of weeks after the league finishes so your fit players are at 100% so again you go in with a good chance if you have a deep and quality squad.


We played the Zebre’s of Turin (I cba with the name fix) in both finals with the first match looking tight in t score line compared to the 2nd but the match stats telling a different story as we were simply more clinical in the 2nd game and Zebre weren’t.
Season 1


Season 2


Super Cups

The Super Cup and Community Shield come nice and early when the players are fully fit but they are one off matches and mistakes can happen.


I had some tough games with Man Utd twice in season 1 and then my bogey team Liverpool in Season 2 but again we got the job done.
Season 1


Season 2


FA Cup

So much depends on the draw you get but with replays in the early rounds at least there can be a 2nd chance to get through.


The win over Liverpool in season 1 was quite routine but I had a right ting dong battle with Spurs in the 2nd season.
Season 1


Season 2

League Cup


This is probably my least successful competition when I play in England perhaps because it is the least important cup but as most of the games come early in the season when the squad shouldn’t be as tired it is strange.

Season 1

I had a plum draw for the final as I took on mid table Bournemouth with predictable results.


That means if I won the League Cup in Season 2 I would have completed a clean sweep in both seasons and will get a coveted 🦅

Season 2


It was bloody close and only a goal from star striker Mula 6 minutes from the end got me the win I wanted.

That does mean I gained an 🦅 on this hole and re establish my two hole cushion as we go into the final 5 holes.

It also puts me at 10 under for the round which is exactly the same as @BatiGoal was on at this stage two years ago but it is three behind course record holder @Nucleus at this stage in his attempt.



Up next...

Hole 14 - Chinese Fir (Par 4)

A very attractive hole full of the originally Spanish turned Chinese flowers and one that is very possible to birdie. Just what is needed after a devilish experience in Amen Corner. It's a fairly kind challenge (really!) and shouldn't cause too much stress!

Challenge - Buy a strike force of a Spaniard and a Chinese. Must *combined* score as many between them in all competitions as possible in one season.

Birdie - 90 goals

Par - 70 goals

Bogey - 50 goals

Double Bogey - 25 goals

Triple Bogey - 24 or less goals


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The Fox did catch the Eagle. You gotta be one cunning fox to outsmart that eagle, impressive goings. A hole (😂) lot of pressure on @Ian now.. 

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Nice Eagle Mr Fox and it’s looking highly likely you’ll be wearing the green jacket at the end.

12 minutes ago, BatiGoal said:

A hole (😂) lot of pressure on @Ian now.. 

I’m at the stage now where I guess I’m just playing for my pride.

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Welcome back to another preview and after a 4th hole in a row that produced a result it was Foxy who regained his 2 hole lead. Ian has only won 1 of the last 9 holes which will be worrying for him as he will need to win 3 of the last 5 challenges to overhaul his opponent or 2 to take us into a playoff situation. It’s a big ask and the bookies don’t give him much chance but can he prove his doubters wrong?

Overall Odds

@Foxy - 1/8

@Ian - 13/2

Hole 14 will be a tough one for Ian to make any ground back as although it’s not the toughest of challenges you’d expect these two to be quite closely matched on this one. Foxy has the form books on his side and although the halve will be a comfortable favourite here if anyone is likely to snatch it it’ll probably be the Gloucestershire Gladiator.

The start of a very important run of challenges for Ian and he quite simply cannot afford to lose this one.

Hole 14 Odds (Chinese Fir)

@Foxy - 5/2

Hole Halved - 4/9

@Ian - 3/1

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This looked like another fun challenge with a birdie within reach if not exactly simple to get. I had to sign a Chinese and Spanish striker and then between them get as many goals as possible with 90+ being the aim for a birdie.

When myself and @Ian discussed doing this challenge as a H2H we decided that the Chinese league would be a good one to load as a couple of the challenges ask for Asian or Chinese players. This has meant we have a decent pick of players from over there and luckily I was able to get quite a good Chinese striker.


As for my Spanish guy that was never likely to be much of a problem although it was a shame that I had to buy one as I already had a couple of quality Spanish strikers already.


Here is my transfers to show I did buy them both this season.



After the hole when I had to sell most of the squad I managed to rebuild the squad using youngsters from my reserves and players I bought in as well as some big price players from other clubs. The youngsters are now in there early 20s and it has given me an excellent squad so I was hoping I wouldn’t need any real tactical magic for this challenge.

I went with a pretty simple 442.


I was relatively lucky with injuries with just a few knocks to both players although Chen missed a few games early in the season and a couple of weeks later in the season.


The simple tactic and quality squad and strikers  meant that they started like a train and by early March they had scored 77 goals between them meaning they needed just 13 goals in a minimum of 14 more games although it could be many more with CL games.


The lads had a down turn in form from then on especially Chen who only scored another 4 more goals in 13 more appearances. They had been scoring at 1.75 GpG but by the end of the season that had dropped to 1.66 GpG.

Luckily it was enough to get 93 goals for the season and secured me a birdie.


This puts me on -11 for the round.


Any Other Business




Player Stats



Thanks for reading and all comments are appreciated.

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Nice season there and good to see a good old 4-4-2 in action. My tactic was a bit more wild in comparison as you’ll see later on lol.

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After we we saw @Foxy hit a Birdie yesterday it’s safe to say there’s practically no margin for error left for me and I just need a Birdie here. Can I get it?

I was fairly happy with the options available and ended up going for the highest valued players from both nationalities. You can see below that they are both decent players and I was confident they would be able to score goals. Neither were particularly good in the air though and I’d imagine plenty will be thinking they look too similar to make a good partnership so it’s up to them to prove their doubters wrong.



I went for something a bit different tactically which was as a bit risky but the idea had got stuck in my head so I had to try it.


The team missed out on the FA Cup as we lost out in the quarter final against Wolves in one of those hard to stomach games where we just couldn’t convert our chances. We did win all of the other competitions though whilst also going unbeaten in the league which is always a good thing as far as I’m concerned.








I have always had trouble getting the goals to spread out evenly with two up top and this season proved no different as the Chinese guy stole the show. He was on the right of the two and always near post for all corners but there wasn’t really a ridiculous amount of corner action going on here plus I often tried swapping them and frustratingly the Chinese guy would then usually score the next goal from the left to annoy me. Unfortunately the Chinese lad suffered a few injuries and only ended up playing 48 games and scoring 50 goals. The Spanish lad did seem to improve as the season went on and ended up on 33 goals from his 57 games so not quite enough to take the Birdie unfortunately. It would be easy to just blame the injuries to Ahmat but he still scored 50 goals and it’s more my inability to get the Spanish lad to score that I’ll look back on.



Stats and Transfers







So that Par puts me on -8 for the round and three shots behind @Foxy who will now surely go on to win the H2H. All is not lost for me though as I’m really enjoying the course and I can only play on and try to get the best score I can.


Here’s a preview of what awaits us on hole 15.

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Hole 15 - Firethorn (Par 5)

Firethorn is one of the most famous holes at Augusta and is probably one of the easiest as well with the green make-able in 2 shots. In FMM terms, this is a great opportunity to gain back some much needed momentum going into the final three seasons.

Challenge - Buy a North American AMC who must get as many assists in 2 seasons as possible in all competitions.

Eagle - 90 assists

Birdie - 65 assists

Par - 45 assists

Bogey - 25 assists

Double Bogey - 24 or less assists

Thanks for reading.

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That injury really cost you there as he would have certainly got those extra 7 goals for you if he could have had just a few extra games.

I love that tactic as well especially with how basic my 442 was. That was the same tactic I used in my Foxy Jr/Kane regen DT last year and it relies on nothing but having great players tbh.

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The decisive blow was more than likely struck by Foxy in the last hole to put him within one of victory and it looks to be a procession to victory now especially with the par 5 hole 15 coming up. Ian needs to run off 4 straight holes if he is to win outright or 3 of the 4 if he is to take it to a playoff but that just doesn’t seem likely at all the way things are going especially with the Gloucestershire Gladiator really finding his top game at the perfect time.

Overall Odds

@Foxy - 1/25

@Ian - 10/1

With hole 15 being a par 5 and relying on assists which both have proven they are capable of doing in the past it’s hard to see Ian pulling one back here. Both will be expecting to make birdie here with possibly an outside chance of an eagle. Ordinarily the half would be a strong favourite here but the way Foxy is going at the moment it’s hard to see past him winning the hole which would secure him victory in the H2H with 3 holes to spare but as we know Ian will never give up and will be determined to delay the victory parade of his opponent for as long as possible.

Hole 15 Odds (Firethorn)

@Ian - 29/10

Hole Halved - 6/4

@Foxy - 4/5

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So here we are with four holes to play and with me being three shots down you could almost say the pressure is off and I can just relax and enjoy my run in. This hole offers us another chance at an Eagle which does look tricky with our chosen player needing to hit 90 assists over two seasons and I suppose the quality of player available will more than likely dictate whether it’s doable or not.

My player was the American regen Colin Legendre who looks fairly decent. He was the highest valued option available and it was an easy decision to make.


As soon as I signed him I checked his profile in hope that he was considered at least a good corner taker. It was even better as he had the fantastic “an expert in dead ball situations” trait and a whole load of other nice ones to go with it so that gave me plenty of confidence going into the first season.


Here’s the transfers page to show that I did indeed sign him. I received the message last year that lets you know that the board just love you so I asked them for an increase in both the transfer budget and wages and ended up with loads of money to spend. Trouble was I didn’t need it last year so I’m kind of spending it now as a little treat to myself.



Season One

One good thing about just going for assists as opposed to also having a separate goal scorer is that you can also have the guy on free kicks as well as corners which will hopefully result in a good few more assists. Another good thing is that the Club World Championships are held at the end of this first season so a few extra games available which is rather nice. Anyway, Colin had a fine season and managed to get 46 assists in total to put the Eagle within reach. He was only injured once for a very short spell and the only other games he missed would’ve been due to fitness so we need a repeat on that front to have any chance of the Eagle next year but it would be a disappointment to miss out on a Birdie from here you’d feel.


The team also cleaned up this year in terms of trophies which was nice as we’ve missed out on a good few so far.










Season Two

After last season I felt we had a good chance of the Eagle and an Eagle we got as he assisted a total of 47 goals this season to give him a total of 93 for the two years. He didn’t score quite as many this season but who cares? A lot was dependant on him keeping relatively fit and that proved to be the case as he only suffered one small injury like last year so guess he’s fairly durable or either I’ve been lucky this time but I’ll take it regardless.


The team won everything except the Community Shield this year.









I went with this tactic and the instructions were fairly unusual compared to how I usually set up as we went wide with the passing through the middle to try and get him more space with plenty of passing options. He was sometimes played as an AP as I just never quite worked out what was the best role for him. Make no mistake a good amount of his assists came from set pieces which we don’t have any real control over but he did hit a fair few in open play so all in all I’m happy and this gives me confidence of maybe hitting some fairly decent numbers for assists in the future.


So that Eagle puts me on 10 under for the round with three holes left to play. We’ll see how @Foxy got on tomorrow.


Thanks for reading.


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@Ian got himself a quality eagle on this hole which keeps the H2H alive as even if I match him he will still be able to tie if he won the final 3 holes. That said if I can match his Eagle and half the hole I will be within touching distance of taking the Green Jacket.

Initially I was looking for an American and found a couple of possibilities but then a Jamaican caught my eye. I pinged @samhardy a message just to make sure by North American he meant anyone from a nation that play in the North/Central American and Caribbean football federation so I knew I could use him. This was confirmed by The Statesman so I brought in this guy straight away.

It took £47m to get him but I think he will be worth it as his report suggests he is good at corners. One down side is his passing and creativity isn’t the best but he is young and hopefully has some potential to improve.



He would be playing just behind a front three so hopefully he has plenty of options to pass to and put plenty of crosses from corners into as well.


Season 1

Hector had a couple of injuries during the season but nothing more than a week so he played plenty of games but he didn’t quite get the number of assists I wanted him to although he wasn’t far away.

He got 39 which is 10 below what I really hoped and around 6 less than I would have been happy with. He is well on target for a birdie but he will need 51+ if he is going to hit that magic mark of 90 in two seasons which will give me an Eagle.

S1 Competitions 



Season 2

One huge bonus was the WCC being held in the summer between season 1 and 2. This gave me some extra games and against some weaker teams so hopefully a few more assists this year.

It helped that Hector had improved nicely over season 1 and is now looking a proper player. That included a good increase in his passing and assists so hopefully he would get more assists in open play as well as corners where most of his gpcame last season.


I felt that I needed to improve my striker options as well so this guy was brought in and he contributed 30 goals this season.


This was on top of my star striker in the last few seasons Legg who (whisper it) I have high hopes might get a 1kc during this save in the final 11 seasons after this one.


Hector started the season well and by January he had got the 26 assists he needed for me to secure a birdie but I really want that eagle as I didn’t know how Ian would do but if I could get those extra 24 assists I knew that the H2H could be either won or as good as won.


This was the situation going into the final three games of the season.


Remember that Hector needed 90+ assists to get me an Eagle so 51 for the season. That leaves me needing just two more assists in my final three games would see the me get the 90 assists I needed.

This was my final three matches so a pretty easy league game and then two cup finals against good teams.


Match 1 vs Sheffield United


This felt like the game I could get the job done so I could relax in the final two matches.

That didn’t happen though as although he scored he didn’t get an assist.


Match 2 vs Man Utd


We lost the game but I didn’t really care as Hector got an assist 

Match 3 vs Juventus


One assist was what he needed.


And it was what he got 😅 


That gave me an Eagle by the skin of my teeth!!!


It was those extra games in the WCC that really made the difference for me this season I think.

That puts me on -13 for the round with three more holes to play. I have looked at them and think and hope I can get at least 2 more birdies which would give me a round of -15 which I would be very happy with.

If I match or better Ian’s score on the next hole I will take the H2H as well.



Season 2 Competitions 



Hole 16 - Redbud (Par 3)

A very short hole but one that is played entirely over water. As long as you as managers don't do anything daft then you should be in with a reasonable chance for a birdie, but don't under-estimate the challenge of the hole either otherwise you'll be falling back yet again.

Challenge - In half a season (Jan.15) a centre back of your choice must score as many goals as possible in all competitions. He can NOT take any penalties and can NOT play as a striker.

Birdie - 7+ goals

Par - 5 or 6 goals

Bogey - 3-4 goals

Double Bogey - 0-2 goals

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