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Benjamin Alvarado |

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (30) / 9/2/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'1' /
College: Chile

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Benjamin Alvarado withdrew prior to his second round of the Barbasol Championship.
The PGA TOUR rookie was scheduled to go off the first tee at 8:17 a.m. local time. He carded a 1-under-par 35-35=70 in the opening round after hitting 15 greens in regulation, so his form was solid. No explanation was provided for his decision. It's the first time he's withdrawn mid-tournament in 15 PGA TOUR starts. Seeing that this was his final event on a Minor Medical Extension, Alvarado has lost his PGA TOUR status. He needed to win the tournament to secure any status as he was $670,304 or 397 FedExCup points shy of meeting the terms of the medical for a promotion to the Major Medical category. The winner of the Barbasol will receive 300 points, thus his ultimate challenge. He also needed 281.760 FedExCup points to achieve conditional status as a secondary objective. Despite the WD, because he's no longer in our focus, we will not place him on the Injury Report. Jul 17 - 10:40 AM

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In his penultimate start on a Minor Medical Extension, Benjamin Alvarado missed the cut at the John Deere Classic by seven swings.

The Chilean arrived at the midpoint in 3-over-par 71-74=145 with six birdies, seven bogeys and a double. It's his sixth MC in seven starts this season. He'll head to next week's Barbasol Championship needing to earn $670,304 or 397 FedExCup points for a promotion to the Major Medical category. However, even a victory would fall short of both goals in the opposite event, so the win itself would furnish the standard two-year exemption on the PGA TOUR. Normally, he'd have a lower bar to secure conditional status (281.760 FedExCup points), but again, only a win would achieve that objective. And while insignificant to most, and maybe even the 29-year-old himself, should he not win, he'll lose his rookie eligibility on the PGA TOUR with the loss of status.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Jul 10 - 8:39 PM

At 8-over-par 69-79=148, Benjamin Alvarado will miss the cut at The Greenbrier Classic.

Alvarado continues to burn through his remaining starts on a Minor Medical Extension. This week's failure to cash leaves him with only two starts to collect $670,304 or 397 FedExCup points for a promotion to the Major Medical category. After a decent effort in the opening round at The Old White TPC, he split only six (of 14) fairways and hit seven greens in regulation in today's walk. Alvarado erased a lone birdie with six bogeys and two doubles. At last check, his strokes gained: tee-to-green for today only read -8.143. He's now 1-for-6 on the season.
Jul 3 - 2:23 PM

At 7-over-par 76-71=147, Benjamin Alvarado will miss the cut at the FedEx St. Jude Classic.

Alvarado totaled only 18 greens in regulation in his two trots around par-70 TPC Southwind, so he put himself being the eight ball way too often to considered playing the weekend. Now 1-for-5 on the season, today's failure leaves him with just three starts on a Minor Medical Extension to earn $670,304 or 397 FedExCup points and a promotion to the Major Medical category.
Jun 12 - 3:34 PM

Benjamin Alvarado shot 3-over-par 69-73=142 at the AT&T Byron Nelson Championship and missed the cut by four strokes.

The Chilean poured in six birdies at TPC Four Seasons Resort-Las Colinas this week, but also absorbed five bogeys and a pair of double bogey-6s, both of which in his second round. He's now 1-for-4 on the season, but this week's start was his last via a medical extension in the reshuffle category. For the record, he fell $670,304 and 397 FedExCup points short of its terms for a promotion to the Major Medical category. However, Alvarado still has four starts remaining on a Minor Medical Extension with the same targets. He's also 281.760 FedExCup points shy of meeting the objective for conditional status. Overall, the slide from the reshuffle to the Minor Medical category isn't far and you won't notice the difference.
May 30 - 2:26 PM

Benjamin Alvarado completed the Puerto Rico Open in 3-under-par 74-70-72-69-285 and finished in a five-way tie for 22nd place.

Even when conditions are good for scoring, to turn in the lowest round of the week in the finale is always a success. Alvarado climbed 15 spots on the leaderboard today. This is just his second payday in 10 PGA TOUR starts (T53, 2014 FedEx St. Jude Classic). He collected $28,000.00 and 26 FedExCup points to take a nibble out of his medical extensions. The Chilean is down to one on the medical in the reshuffle to earn $670,304 or 397 FedExCup points and a promotion to the Major Medical category. He has five starts on a Minor Medical to achieve the same terms for the same promotion.
Mar 8 - 7:21 PM

Benjamin Alvarado shot 3-under-par 73-71-68=212 at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, missing the cut by three strokes.

Alvarado didn't play poorly per se, but scoring was seriously low given the perfect conditions all week. His totals in both fairways hit and greens in regulation rose in every round and he circled 13 birdies overall. Alas, the Chilean has now missed the cut in both of his starts this season. (He missed the cut at last week's Farmers by eight strokes.) He's down to two starts on his medical extension in the reshuffle category to bank $699,104 or 423 FedExCup points and get promoted to the Major Medical category. This also leaves him with six starts on his Minor Medical requiring the same terms to meet.
Feb 15 - 12:08 PM

Benjamin Alvarado completed 36 holes of the Farmers Insurance Open in 7-over-par 74-77=151, missing the cut by eight strokes.

The Chilean totaled 21 greens in regulation and four birdies, but he also swallowed 11 bogeys, including seven on Torrey Pines South today. This was his first start on the PGA TOUR since The Greenbrier Classic last summer. Today's result leaves him with three starts on his medical extension in the reshuffle to earn $699,104 or 423 FedExCup points and a promotion the Major Medical category. (He's also down to seven starts on a Minor Medical with the same terms.) Look for him again next week as he's scheduled to make his debut at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Feb 6 - 7:59 PM

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

Alvarado was the fourth alternate when the field was released on Friday afternoon. He gained entry when Jeff Overton withdrew. The Chilean missed the cut by seven in the Web.com Tour's 2015 lid-lifter in Panama last week, but at least he has a couple of reps before he takes on Torrey Pines for the first time in his career. He has four starts on a medical extension in the reshuffle to earn $699,104 or 423 FedExCup points and a promotion to Major Medical category. Should he fall short, Alvarado has another four starts on a Minor Medical for the same promotion. The Farmers will mark his first start on the PGA TOUR since he missed the cut at The Greenbrier Classic last summer.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Feb 2 - 11:43 AM

Benjamin Alvarado stumbled to an 8-over-par 36-42=78 in his opening round of the Panama Claro Championship.

This isn't anywhere near what the Chilean wanted out of his opening round of 2015. He erased two birdies with six bogeys and a snowman at the par-4 third hole at Panama Golf Club. At the time he signed his card, he sat fourth-from-last in the 144-man field (reduced to 143 due to one early withdrawal who wasn't replaced). Alvarado has a pair of medical extensions on the PGA TOUR, not to mention his rookie eligibility, but he's yet to warrant the attention of even the most hopeful gamer.
Jan 29 - 6:25 PM

Benjamin Alvarado is scheduled to compete in next week's Panama Claro Championship on the Web.com Tour.

The holdover PGA TOUR rookie has limited his action to a team competition in his native Argentina in late October. It's his only start anywhere since he missed the cut at The Greenbrier Classic in early July. He has a pair of medical extensions on the PGA TOUR for two different injuries that impacted his 2013-14 season during which he cashed only once in six tries. A knee injury in 2013 yielded four starts to earn $699,104 or 423 FedExCup points and a promotion to the Major Medical category. He was also given four starts on a Minor Medical Extension for a wrist injury suffered during the season. So, he'll have status in the reshuffle for his first four starts. If he doesn't meet the terms of the medical, Alvarado will drop into the Minor Medical category for another four starts.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Jan 24 - 11:14 PM

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.
Sat, Oct 4, 2014 07:42:00 PM

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
Wed, Sep 10, 2014 03:29:00 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
Fri, Sep 5, 2014 08:04:00 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
Wed, Jul 23, 2014 10:59:00 AM