FORMER American college star Charlie Wi took the third-round lead yesterday in the US$300,000 Mild Seven Kuala Lumpur Open at Saujana Golf and Country Club. The Korean-American fired a three-under-par 69 for a seven-under-par 209 total, and a one-stroke lead over Taiwan's Chou Hung-nan. Chou carded a one-under-par 71 in the 11th event of the year on the Asian PGA's Omega Tour. Thailand's Prayad Marksaeng and Taiwan's Lu Wen-teh are in third place on four-under-par 212 after returning 68 and 70 respectively. Wi, who lost in a sudden-death play-off for the top spot in the Omega Tour's Qualifying School in January this year, toured the difficult Palm Course in confident fashion without dropping a stroke. 'I have not been playing well recently and came into the tournament with very little confidence,' said Wi, who in 1995 was in a group of top college players in the United States which included the phenomenal Tiger Woods. 'Luckily I think that worked in my favour. On this golf course you need to be playing conservatively, you don't have to be attacking all the time. It really is a placement course.' China's Zhang Lianwei improved his chances of a top-10 finish with a 70 to lie five off the lead alongside Hong Kong-based Kyi Hla Han, who had a 69. Derek Fung of Hong Kong carded a 72 for a three-over-par total of 219.