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Benjamin Alvarado |

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (29) / 9/2/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'1' /
College: Chile

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Benjamin Alvarado will begin the 2014-15 season with a pair of medical extensions related to different injuries.
The Chilean didn't make his rookie debut until the Valero Texas Open in late March. This was in part due to a lingering injury to his left knee. For the time he missed, he was granted four starts a medical extension in the reshuffle to earn $699,104 or 423 FedExCup points and a promotion to the Major Medical category. Once inside the ropes, Alvarado went 1-for-6 before his season ended abruptly in July due to an injury to his left wrist. For the second malady, he was given an additional four starts on a Minor Medical Extension. So, if he fails to fulfill the terms of the first medical, he'll be demoted from the reshuffle into the last position of the Minor Medical category where he'll have four starts remaining to achieve the same terms. Oct 4 - 7:42 PM

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Benjamin Alvarado has been removed from the published field of this week's Nationwide Children's Hospital Championship.

He's not gaining anything in terms of his imminent medical extension on the PGA TOUR by not playing, but he'll get another week to rest and recover from a wrist injury that preventing him from competiting at the John Deere Classic two months ago.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Sep 10 - 3:29 PM

Benjamin Alvarado is listed in the published field of next week's Nationwide Children's Hospital Championship.

It's the third event of the Web.com Tour Finals, but it would mark the Chilean's first start anywhere since The Greenbrier Classic in early July. He's been out with a wrist injury and figures to receive a medical extension in the reshuffle category on the PGA TOUR next season due to an injury in his left knee that delayed his start to 2013-14. He cashed just once in six starts (T53, St. Jude), but won't be worth the price tag in salary formats. Alvarado is the classic example of a guy that got hot early in a Web.com Tour season and parlayed it into PGA TOUR status after finishing 19th in earnings in 2013.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Sep 5 - 8:04 PM

Benjamin Alvarado has been removed from the published field of this week's RBC Canadian Open.

He withdrew from the John Deere Classic on the same day as the opening round with a wrist injury. Given he's 232nd in FedExCup points in six starts and headed for a medical extension in the reshuffle category in 2014-15, he'd be smart to sit out until the Web.com Tour Finals. This would maximize the number of starts he'd have on the medical for 2014-15 and reset the playing field at the beginning of the season.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Jul 23 - 10:59 AM

Benjamin Alvarado is listed in the published field of next week's RBC Canadian Open.

Alvarado has been resting a wrist injury since missing the cut at The Greenbrier Classic. He doesn't have any fantasy value, but gamers are wise to keep an eye on him as he'll undoubtedly be armed with a medical extension in the reshuffle category for 2014-15, unless, of course, he doesn't need one. He got a late start this season due to an injury to his left knee.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Jul 18 - 7:04 PM

Benjamin Alvarado was removed from the published field of this week's John Deere Classic.

PGA TOUR Media alerted its followers on Twitter that the rookie withdrew due to a wrist injury. He started the season late due to extended time off to allow his left knee to heal from an injury last year. Alvarado is just 1-for-6 with a T53 in Memphis. Even if he plays again this summer, he's likely to retain status next season via a medical extension in the reshuffle category if he needs it.
Jul 10 - 12:18 PM

Benjamin Alvarado will make his debut at The Old White TPC for The Greenbrier Classic this week.

The Web.com winner is just 1-for-5 on the PGA TOUR this season, and 0-for-3 on the Web.com Tour. Across both, he owns just one round in the 60s after 18 attempts. The upside was flashed last year when he won the Brasil Classic, but the PGA TOUR rookie has been nowhere near the top of his game since injuring his knee last July. It's best to leave Alvarado on the bench for the foreseeable future.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Jul 1 - 10:49 AM

Benjamin Alvarado will take on TPC Southwind for the first time in the FedEx St. Jude Classic.

The rookie is making just his fourth start of the 2013-14 PGA TOUR season, and has yet to make a cut. He got a late start to the season after nursing an injured knee for much of the year. His best round of the season was a 1-over-par 71 at the HP Byron Nelson Championship, so he needs to get something going rather quickly if he has any aspirations of a FedExCup Playoff berth.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Jun 3 - 10:02 PM

Benjamin Alvarado turns his attention towards the Zurich Classic for the second start of his PGA TOUR season.

The Web.com Tour grad's first start came in the Valero Texas Open due to his decision to rest an injured knee at the beginning of the season, but he missed the cut at 7-over-par 151. He also missed the cut in his two Web.com Tour rehab starts before his trip to Texas. The only thing on his side is that he is rested, having played just six competitive rounds in 2014.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Apr 21 - 8:38 PM

Benjamin Alvarado has been added to the published field of this week's Valero Texas Open.

The Chilean was the ninth alternate when the field was released on Friday afternoon, but he received the last sponsor exemption into the field that was first given to Troy Merritt, who gained entry on, well, merit today. Alvarado is a PGA TOUR rookie and he'll be making his season debut (and first appearance) at TPC San Antonio. He had originally circled the VTO for his first start since sitting out months for an injury to his left knee, but the field is down 12 golfers to 144 from last year. As a result, he had committed to the Chitimacha Louisiana Open on the Web.com Tour where he would have been making his third rehab start.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Mar 24 - 11:27 AM

Benjamin Alvarado signed for a 4-over-par 37-38=75 following his opening round of the Pacific Rubiales Colombia Championship on the Web.com Tour.

Ignore the score. This was step one of a comeback six months in the making. The PGA TOUR rookie hasn't competed anywhere since the Albertsons Boise Open in late July due to an injury to his left knee. He's near the bottom of the Web.com Tour reshuffle, but isn't planning to make his membership debut until the Valero Texas Open in late March. The Chilean will likely be equipped with a medical extension for 2014-15 if he needs it. He's as true a rookie as it gets, so you'll understand if he struggles early and often when he reaches the big leagues.
Feb 13 - 2:54 PM

Benjamin Alvarado is listed in the published field of next week's Pacific Rubiales Colombia Championship on the Web.com Tour.

This is the season opener on the developmental circuit. The native of Chile is a rookie on the PGA TOUR, but he's been resting an injury to his left knee since August. We've already relayed that he's applied for a medical extension for 2014-15 should he need it and that if things go according to play, he'll make his membership debut at the Valero Texas Open on March 27. In the meantime, he'll take advantage of rehab starts on the Web.com Tour in his home continent.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Feb 7 - 9:14 PM

Benjamin Alvarado has circled the Valero Texas Open on March 27-30 for his first start as a PGA TOUR member.

The 28-year-old Chilean relayed his intent in a blog update on Oct. 5. Translating from Spanish, he's applied for a medical extension stemming from the previously reported injury to his left knee that prevented him from competing in the Web.com Tour Finals. He's planning rehab starts on the secondary circuit, all in Central and South America before his debut at TPC San Antonio. "The schedule was designed in such a way as to no be overburdened like I was in 2013," Alvarado said in his entry. "At no time will I play more than three consecutive tournaments." He's previouslly acknowledged that the unexpected increase in starts following his win at the Brasil Classic took at toll on his leg. The results supported the claim as he went 3-for-9 with no better than a T35.
Thu, Oct 17, 2013 01:15:00 AM

Benjamin Alvarado is not listed in the published field of next week's Web.com Tour Championship.

So much for waiting until Tuesday to decide not to play. Assuming this isn't an oversight, he'll begin the 2013-14 PGA TOUR near the bottom of the graduate reshuffle. Leave him on the pile of free agents during your draft.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Fri, Sep 20, 2013 07:57:00 PM

In an update at PGATOUR.com, it was reported that Benjamin Alvarado is scheduled to undergo an MRI on his left knee on Monday, Sept. 23.

The extended update also revealed that Alvarado had surgeries on both of his knees in 2009, but a busy schedule this year wore him down, thus leading to the time off we relayed last week. "We’ll take the final decision once we speak with the doctor on Tuesday," said Lukas Peric, marketing director for Chilean firm Podium Sports, in an email to PGATOUR.com. Regardless if the golfer returns at next week's Web.com Tour Championship (scheduled to begin on Thursday the 26th), that he wasn't able to maintain physical conditioning projects for a lighter schedule than most from the reshuffle category. And even if he tees it up in every opportunity once the 2013-14 PGA TOUR season begins, he'll likely begin as an elevated risk. Alvarado turned 28 years of age on Sept. 2.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Thu, Sep 19, 2013 01:32:00 AM