The 'numbers' man behind the Hong Kong Golf Open runs the scoring system that provides fans and television viewers with up-to-date and finger-tip inform-ation on how the players are faring on the fairways. He is 65. What is your role? My company Scoring Solutions provides the computer scoring system for the Hong Kong Open and also for the Asian Tour. We give all the scores and statistics to the world's media and the fans. How long have you been involved with the Hong Kong Open? My first Hong Kong Open was back in 1982. This tournament was one of the first golf events in Asia and indeed the world to get a computerized scoring system. I have never missed a Hong Kong Open in the past 23 years. How did it all begin? One of the main people behind the Hong Kong Open at the time was a guy called Tony Webb and he got in touch with me and asked if I could help him with the scoring during the tournament in 1982. How was it done before that? It was entirely manual. The thing was it took a great deal of time, especially at the end of a tournament when the prize money had to be calculated. It took four accountants about three hours to calculate how much players should be paid after all the tax deductions. What's the time frame now? Around 15 minutes after the final scorecard has been officially verified. In our first year, in 1982, it took 45 minutes. I guess computer systems have got faster. Have there been any disastrous moments when you have had to push the panic button? Never. But I must say that, even in the old days, the scoring was always very accurate. When we started, we relied on the results of the previous four tournaments to create our program. Who created this program? We had a Chinese guy who did it for us. He was amazed that here was a sport where the lowest scorer won. Do you play golf? No. My sport is rugby union. I have never missed the Hong Kong Sevens since 1979.