Ballesteros presence felt as Seve Trophy begins
Jose Maria Olazabal of Spain hits a tee shot on June 14, 2013 in Ardmore, Pennsylvania
Spanish legend Severiano Ballesteros died prematurely at the age of 54 in 2011 after a battle with brain cancer but his legacy still burns strong as players and captains led the tributes at the team presentations.
"He was the most charismatic man I ever met. He was just a legend," said Torrance.
"He was the king of Europe, The Arnold Palmer of Europe and we all miss him dreadfully, he made our Tour.
"He was the best team man possible, the great thing about the Ryder Cup is that you can ask players for advice and Seve would spend hours with you working on your game.
"But the next week, you'd see him and ask for help and he'd say 'No, no I'll see you at the next Ryder Cup', he was great to be around and what a partnership he had with Jose Maria (Olazabal).
The Scotsman, who last captained a team at the 2002 Ryder Cup when Europe regained the trophy fom the USA, was the first to announce his pairings and laid down the gauntlet to Olazabal's men by sending out former British Open winner Paul Lawrie and fellow Scotsman Stephen Gallacher to open the fourballs.
Olazabal also stated his intentions of winning the first point when he paired his two vice-captains Thomas Bjorn of Denmark and the flamboyant Miguel Angel Jimenez of Spain to tee off at the St-Nom-la-Breteche golf club, outside Paris.
However, Olazabal who played under Ballesteros when Europe won their only title at the maiden tournament in 2000 was also thinking of his close friend and the man with whom he formed the most successful partnership in Ryder Cup history.
"I have to say that I feel very very fortunate to have had the chance to spend so much time with him and especially at the Ryder Cup," said the 47-year-old.
"Everyone here knows how close we were. He took me under his wing when I first came on the Tour and it's what Sam said, you could feel his presence everywhere.
"When he walked into the room or he arrived at the driving range you knew he was there. He did great things for us and for European golf."
The first of four days of action, on a course completed in 1959 and designed by Fred Hawtree, who also played a role in the creation of British Open course Royal Birkdale, promises plenty of unpredictable golf.
Torrance sends out debutant Tommy Fleetwood of England with compatriot Chris Wood who took 4 1/2 points from 5 in 2009 up against the the equally inexperienced duo of rookie Dane Thorbjorn Olesen and Finn Mikko Ilonen, who was on the losing side in 2007.
An England v Italy showdown follows with Paul Casey and Simon Khan taking on highly talented Matteo Manassero with steady Francesco Molinari in the third match of the day.
Gregory Bourdy, who is the only Frenchman in the European team, links up with Dutch rookie Joost Luiten as they take on Welshman Jamie Donaldson and the fourth rookie in the GB and Irl team, David Lynn.
The last matchup of the day pits a second Scottish team in Marc Warren and Scott Jamieson up against Belgium's gifted Nicolas Colsaerts and Spaniard Gonzalo Fdez-Castano of Spain, who stepped in for the injured Swede Peter Hansen on the eve of the tournament.