Unheralded Australian Kim Felton returned to the clubhouse thinking he had done something really special. He had. But his phenomenal 11-under-par 60 at the Hong Kong Golf Club at Fanling will not go into the record books. The 25-year-old Australian from Perth grabbed a two-stroke lead at the halfway mark in the US$500,000 Omega Hong Kong Open with the lowest round of golf recorded in the five-year Asian PGA and quite possibly the best round ever in the history of Asian golf. But his score won't count as a record because 'preferred lies' were being used under the lift, clean and place rules which allow golfers to pick up and clean their golf balls on soggy fairways. Defending champion Patrik Sjoland's 62 recorded last year still stands as the course record. England's Nick Faldo also shot a 62 at the 1990 Johnnie Walker Classic on the same course. 'That's a shame,' said Felton upon realising that he wouldn't get the record because of the Royal and Ancient ruling. 'It doesn't really matter does it? I am still in the lead and hopefully tomorrow I will continue to play well. It would be good if somebody else can shoot 60 [in recognised conditions],' he said. Two shots off the pace was Yorkshireman Simon Dyson who continued his good form by carding a 67. Australia's Adrian Percey, Japan's Norihiro Kumagai and Thailand's Thongchai Jaidee were tied in third place, another three shots behind. Felton, who turned pro 18 months ago after a glittering amateur career that saw him win the Australian Amateur Championship in 1997, is coming off a slump after finishing second in the Maekyung Daks Open in Seoul in April. His form has turned around completely, after shooting a two-under-par 69 on Thursday, Felton has put himself in strong contention for winning his biggest pro tournament. 'This is the first time I have played on this course. I like this course. It suits my style. It worked out good,' said Felton, who failed to make the cut in last month's Star Alliance Open at the Clearwater Bay Golf Club. 'The greens are not the same as they are in Australia. But I pretty much did what I had to do to get that score. It's the first time in a long time that I didn't throw any shots. Up to this year, I was struggling. I missed my European Tour card,' said the Australian, who strung together 11 birdies and narrowly missed an eight-foot eagle putt on the last hole for a 59. 'Missing that eight-footer on the last didn't matter so much as preferred lies were being played. At the time though, I was going for it. It would have been really special. I really thought I'd made it,' said Felton. Felton, who won the individual title in the Eisenhower Trophy in 1998, has missed cut after cut in Australia, Europe and Asia. 'I came here with my confidence very low. In the last few Australian events, I have been more worried about making the cut and trying to break 80. It's hard to explain. It hasn't been a technical thing. It's just a mental thing. I don't know why, but when I played a practice round here things started to click again,' he said. Felton began his round on the back nine and carded five birdies on the trot from the 12th. He actually lipped out from 40 feet for an eagle on the par-five 12th and then proceeded to hole putt after putt to make the turn in 30. He covered the back nine in the same number of strokes and came agonisingly close to a 59 after hitting a three-iron to eight feet on the par-five ninth. 'A 59 would have been nice. You don't get a chance to get 59. It just doesn't come too often,' said Felton, who is 13 under par for the event. Tournament director David Parkin said Felton's 60 could still go into the record books - but with an asterisk indicating he had accomplished it under certain conditions. 'These are the Royal & Ancient rules. When you pick up the balls on the fairways, it doesn't count. It would be remembered, but it won't go down as an official record. Preferred [lies] or not, it was still a great score,' said Parkin. Dyson, who shared the first round lead with Taiwanese Hsieh Yu-shu, was one over for his round after eight holes but got going with an eagle on the ninth where he holed from 15 feet after a four-iron to the green. 'I set off brilliantly. I was really ripping it but I couldn't hole a putt. The eagle putt on nine got me going again and gave me a lot of confidence,' said 22-year-old Dyson. He is currently third on the Davidoff Tour Order of Merit and has put himself in a strong position of taking top spot for what is the season-ending event. Merit list leader Yeh Wei-tze of Taiwan is still in the hunt after carding a 69 to lie three under for the tournament, while second placed Jyoti Randhawa of India fired a 66 and is seven under. Title holder Sjoland slipped back to joint 16th place with China's Zhang Lianwei after a 71, while Hsieh was joint seventh after returning the same score. Meanwhile, South African Wayne Bradley hit a massive drive of 316 yards to head the longest drive competition. The competition is becoming known as the '300 club' with five players already reaching the magical figure to date. Taiwan's Chen Yuan-chi, Yeh Chang-ting and Filipino Felix Casas also hit over 300 yards yesterday.