I play a 16.5 degree 4 wood, and I play it often off the deck. Rarely do I pick my hybrid or 3i instead. The lie has to be pretty poor for me to not play the 4W from anything 215 and farther. If it's a really bad lie I'll hit something else and just be short.
I voted option #3, because there is good evidence on both sides. Part of me says yes, because I personally enjoy watching the Tour, or at least keeping up with the players via an online leaderboard. There have been great duels in majors in the past, for example, the Duel in the Sun at the 1977 Open Championship. However, part of me says no. As several others have mentioned, and what I’ve read online, pace of play is drastically slowing down. Y’all have probably heard about DeChambeau’s slow play. He once took several minutes to hit a shot, when he could’ve done it in 30-40 seconds. So I’m basically on the fence with this situation.
I voted no simply for a PoP concerns. When you can't get around a 6000-6500 yard course in under 4 hours because everyone else is emulating the pros and taking far to long on each stroke, I think it is detrimental to the game. If the tour ends up taking PoP more seriously, I will edit my vote.