I think playing for C with the option of playing it in D if you get out of line is the better option, at least for me it presents the biggest landing zone.
My first instinct would have been to do what Lawnboy777 said but I think it requires too perfect of a position to be sustainable.
I have my main cue and I have a spare cue which is the same butt model and same shaft model. I have tested a lot of cues and if something happens to my main cue, I know I can rely on that spare cue to carry me.
What I'm about to say I say it with literally 0 offense but it's just matter for debate.
Maybe they allowed it for a long time with Earl because of his career wins and his name was still bringing the company business...but Billy...excluding Mosconi Cup what has he accomplished that is deemed...