Tiger Woods Looks Strong at the Masters

Tiger Woods is receiving a warm welcome from fans at the Masters Tournament, and he seems right at home at the Augusta National Golf Club. INSIDE EDITION has the latest.

Tiger Wood's pal, former basketball great Charles Barkley, is lashing out at the guy who runs the Masters golf tournament. Here's what Bakrley said in a radio interview.

"I wish somebody would walk up to him and punch him in his face," said Barkley.

Barkley is slamming Billy Payne, the chairman of Augusta National Golf Club, who went after Tiger earlier this week, saying, "Our hero did not live up to the expectations of the role model we sought for our children."

Barkley responded on Fox Sports Radio, saying, "He 'aint told his kids to be like no Tiger Woods. Lets quit kidding ourselves.He 'aint told his grandkids and kids to be like Tiger Woods. For him to get on there and act like he's ole uncle Tom. He's the master on the plantation. That pissed me off."

Tiger Woods looked strong as he roared through day two of the Masters Tournament in Augusta, Georgia.

Once again the packed crowd gave him a warm welcome. And he showed his appreciation with a gentle wave. At one point, a smiling Woods accepted a gift from a young fan.

Authorities were on the lookout for more of those pesky banners that are being flown over the Augusta golf course. One mocked Woods's avowed faith in Buddhism: "Tiger: Did you mean bootyism?" it said. Another read, "Sex addict? Yeah. Right. Sure. Me too!"

The Federal Aviation Administration investigated whether the pilot had the proper permit required to fly over the legendary golf course.

They found that the pilot did have the proper permit, but the plane has mechanical issues and will not be flying any more banners until it undergoes repairs.

INSIDE EDITION is also learning more about the controversial Nike ad that's still sparking reaction, both positive and negative, across the country. It features Woods's dad seeming to lecture his son from beyond the grave.

INSIDE EDITION obtained the video that Nike used to make the commercial. It's from a 2004 interview, two years before Earl Woods died from a heart attack. And he was actually talking about how he and Woods's mom differed in their parenting techniques. 

"I am more prone to be inquisitive, to promote discussion, I want to find out what your thinking was, I want to find out what your feelings are, and did you learn anything," Earl Woods said during the interview.

Tiger defended the haunting ad during a press conference at the Masters.

"It's amazing how my dad can speak to me from different ways even when he's long gone," he said.

Woods showed some of his old grumpiness when a reporter asked a question he didn't much like.

And his fiery temper emerged at the 14th hole, where he threw his club after a disappointing shot.

Another gauge of the success of Woods's return to golf: TV viewership of the Masters was up 50 per cent.