The Queenslander opened with an impressive 4-under 66 at the Nippon Series JT Cup to share the first-round lead but couldn’t maintain the momentum on day two.
A 2-over 72 dropped him to 2-under for the tournament, three behind outright leader K.T Kim but only one shot behind a group of six players sharing second.
A three-putt bogey at the first hole was a poor way to start for Kennedy though he turned even par after two birdies and a second bogey.
Two dropped shots in his final three holes was a disappointing way to finish though he will be pleased enough with his position after 36 holes.
Kennedy remains the leading Australian in the field ahead of Brendan Jones and Todd Sinnott.
Jones was the 2007 champion at this event and after back to back rounds of 71 is at 2-over and T19 in the 30-player field.
Sinnott, playing for the first time, is finding the going somewhat tougher with scores of 72-74 to be 28th with 36 holes to go.
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