Both holds a one-shot lead at the Asian Golf Championship, co-sanctioned by the China Tour, while Kennedy is three off the pace at the Nippon Series JT Cup.
The Asian Tour has two events remaining after this week while both the China and Japan Tours are playing their final event.
Both has played brilliant golf to be one of just five players under par through 54 holes, his 6-under total one ahead of China’s Bowen Xiao.
Opening with an even par 72, Both has posted back to back rounds of 69 as he battles to retain his playing rights in Asia.
Currently well outside the top 60 on the Order of Merit, the three-time Tour winner has the opportunity to ensure his card for 2018 if he can maintain momentum.
Also in the field are China Tour regulars Bryden Macpherson, Kevin Yuan and Maverick Antcliff, Macpherson next best of the group at even par and sixth outright.
Antcliff is T20 at 5-over while Yuan is T40 at 11-over for the week.
While Both is looking to guarantee his job for next year Kennedy is taking aim at a fourth Japan Tour title at a tournament where he has historically not played well.
The final event of the season, the JT Cup features just a 30-man field and Kennedy’s previous best finish is a T14 result in 2012, the first year he played the tournament.
The Queenslander has posted rounds of 66-72-68 to be 4-under for the week and sharing sixth, three shots behind joint leaders Yusaku Miyazato and Seungsu Han.
Kennedy is one of three Australians in the field, Brendan Jones next best at 1-over and T19 while Todd Sinnott has struggled from the outset and is at the tail of the field at 9-over.
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