I may be hijacking this into the overly expensive clubs thread - but there is an article in golfweek magazine online about TPI wedge fitting $2,000 for 3 wedges.
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.