The Irish men’s amateur golf team used home advantage to the utmost in claiming outright second place after round one of the Eisenhower Trophy on the Montgomerie course at Carton House.

At a familiar home venue where the National Academy is located, Robin Dawson this morning shot a seven-under par 65 while both John Murphy and Conor Purcell added rounds of 69.

With the two best cards to count, the 10 under-par total leaves the 2016 World Championship bronze medalists in second place, two shots behind the surprise leaders Denmark.

Dawson, ranked 10th in the amateur world rankings, led by example holing two putts of more than 45 feet along with a clutch of others in his bogey free 65, which projected Ireland towards the business end of the leaderboard.

Kinsale native Murphy followed up with a brilliant run of four birdies and an eagle in a seven hole mid-round blitz to shoot his 69, while Conor Purcell bogeyed the first and the last holes and still shot  a three-under par total.

The leaderboard sees the Danes on top, with Ireland second and Switzerland and India tied for third on nine-under par.

Robin Dawson is tied for fourth place in the individual standings on seven-under par.