NORTH BERWICK, Scotland — A staunch defender of the PGA Tour against LIV Golf, Rory McIlroy is now looking for a peaceful resolution to a war that has escalated quickly.

McIlroy told BBC Sport Northern Ireland on Tuesday at the JP McManus Pro-Am at Adare Manor golf/rory-mcilroy-calls-on-world-tours-to-sit-down-with-liv-to-solve-golfs-messy-situation-41816716.html” onclick=”return phoenixTrackClickEvent(this, event);”that peace talks need to happen between the DP World Tour, PGA Tour and LIV Golf.

“It’s messy, I wish it hadn’t got that messy, ” McIlroy said. “In hindsight, there were probably steps that were missed that wouldn’t have made it as messy.”

As the first player to broach the subject of a three-way meeting, McIlroy is potentially painting a target on his back. PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan has taken the moral high ground, stating in a press conference at the Travelers Championship last month that the Saudi-backed group is “an irrational threat; one not concerned with the return on investment or true growth of the game.”

In that same press conference, Monahan called the PGA Tour “an American institution” “that can’t compete with a foreign monarchy that is spending billions of dollars in an attempt to buy the game of golf.”

Given that stance, a potential peace conference may be unlikely.

“I don’t see it being probable given how the last couple of years have shaped up,” Jordan Spieth said after his first round Thursday at the Genesis Scottish Open.

Spieth, a former PGA Tour Policy Board member, indicated that he has spoken with McIlroy at length on the LIV issue.

“I guess it would matter what that would entail,” Spieth said of the subject and process of the talks. “Because the idea that you could fully go play anywhere and not have to join a tour, I don’t think that’s what (McIlroy) means whatsoever.”

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