FedEx Cup champion Billy Horschel has admitted that not being selected to compete in the Ryder Cup was a blessing in disguise, reports Sky Sports.
Horschel will return to action this week in the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in Las Vegas after four weeks of spending time with his family.
The 27-year old finished the season in style after claiming two wins, including the 10 million dollar (£6.2million) FedEx Cup, and a second place.
But his form came too late for Tom Watson as the American captain overlooked him when picking his three wildcard selections.
However, in hindsight, Horschel was relieved that Watson snubbed him as his daughter Skylar was born just two days after winning the Tour Championship.
Horschel was grateful he was able to spend the early weeks of his daughters life with her because he acknowledges that his career means limited family time.
"If I happened to be chosen we (he and his wife Britanny) were going to see what our doctors recommended, whether they could induce early or anything," said Horschel, speaking ahead of his first start of the new season at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in Las Vegas.
Blessing in disguise
"But it was a blessing in disguise. I loved it that she (Skylar) came when she did and that I wasn't picked because I was home for two weeks and I got to be with her for four weeks total.
"Those are four weeks early in her life that I'm happy I could be a part of because I'm going to miss a lot of weeks, unfortunately, with playing golf. It meant more to me than it did to her."
Horschel was consigned to watching the USA's defeat at Gleneagles on television and believes the PGA of America needs to do better to improve their Ryder Cup record.
Like every American I think we're sort of tired of it. We're at a breaking point, and that's what you saw," he added.
"You saw some players (referring to Phil Mickelson's open criticism of Watson's captaincy) that were frustrated and all they wanted to do was vent a little bit.
"I think that the process needs to change. I've been a little hard on the PGA of America but I feel like they need to do a better job than what they have done already."
After a magnificent finish to last season, which saw him record 12 consecutive sub-70 rounds, Horschel hopes he can pick up where he left off.
Obviously with being the FedEx Cup champion you can have expectations soar but that's not going to change," he added.
"I'm just going to keep that same mental approach. I don't expect anything less, I don't expect anything more from myself with being a FedEx Cup champion.
"I'm just going to have the same expectations I've had ever since I started playing this game.
"I'm going to keep getting better. I'm going to keep working hard, and if I just keep making small strides at improving in this game then hopefully everything else will take care of itself - that's the way it did at the BMW and Tour Championship."
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