He has since returned to the Tour and has been selected by current Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjorn for the upcoming the EurAsia Cup in Kuala Lumpur.
Yet, Europe, who are also preparing for the Ryder Cup against the U.S. later this year, were not willing to take Asia lightly.
It may not be the Ryder Cup but for Paul Dunne and his European teammates, this week's EurAsia Cup is the closest they will get to an audition for September's main event in Paris. I'm very proud of that, and I've desperately missed it, and I want to play another one.
Team Europe (front row left to right): Henrik Stenson, Bernd Wiesberger, Thomas Bjorn, Captain of Team Europe, Thomas Pieters and Ross Fisher.
Seasoned Ryder Cup golfer Paul Casey of England and France's Alex Levy completes Team Europe as the two wildcards picked by Bjorn.
"I'm excited to play and happy with everybody on the team".
Darren Clarke's team romped to a 18-5 triumph here two years ago and with six of the world top 20 in his ranks, Bjorn goes in even more impressively loaded. "Plus, at 40, how many more Ryder Cups do I have the opportunity to play in?"
The Indian captain has also turned to golf ace Tiger Woods for advice as he aims to inspire his team.
"In terms of how all-consuming the captaincy is, I really feel it's on my mind 24/7", he said.
European players have called for more match play events as they relish the chance for head-to-head competition at the EurAsia Cup this week.
Casey could have challenged for a place in the 2016 team but made himself unavailable for the defeat at Hazeltine by not being a member of the European Tour at the time.
The pride of Greystones (25) had a stellar record in team matchplay combat as an amateur, winning the Palmer Cup, the St Andrews Trophy and the Home Internationals in 2014 before helping Great Britain and Ireland to Walker Cup glory the following year.
"There's all the stuff that happens off the course, all the friendships you build in the team room, all the amusing moments, and stressful moments, it's the fabric that makes your career".
Green, who clinched the Asian Tour Order of Merit last month, clinched the match with two birdie putts in the final three holes to give Asia its second point.