A good strategy if all he wanted to do is break 127. However some set ups make it difficult to lay up from the tips. Often the hazard is in front or almost surrounding the tips. Laying up would give him the best chance at avoiding a huge number.
I've seen a lot of comments regarding the forced carry issue. With the sole goal of breaking 127, couldn't he just lay up to the red tees/ closest area to the hazard and proceed from there? If I'm him, Im hitting wedge / my most consistent club to as many safe spots as I can.
I don't think that's what most people mean by playing ready golf. If you and a slow-walking player both hit in the fairway and you hit farther, I agree it's rude to just walk quickly out, set up, and hit your ball. Except for the oldest, slowest players, that player is almost certainly going to be trying to start a pre-shot routine while you're finishing yours. And even if not, the point of ready golf is to make sure – assuming you're not stuck behind other groups – you play close to as fast as the slowest walking player in your group would solo, not to finish holes in sequence, fastest player to slowest player.
For example, when playing with slow older players, both of us in the fairway, I might walk past the older players ball if there's a good tree line to walk along or the like, and post up near my ball's level while waiting for the slower player to hit, then have a quicker walk to my ball, with the hope being that I can go through my pre-shot and hit my shot in not much more time than it takes the slower player to watch his shot, put his club back, and walk up to where my ball is.
Around the green I liberally play my ball if I'm ready well before anyone else even if I'm not farthest from the hole. And like I said above, I think first ready tees off unless someone has birdied or better. But between the tee and near green, I'm only playing out of turn when another player in my group has hit a really crappy shot and is off in the woods/grass looking for a ball, I'm not on or near that player's line to the hole/chip out, and I can easily go ahead and play my ball before the other player will be (even really that close to) ready to hit.