Westwood endures emergency landing

Westwood endures emergency landing

Published Apr. 4, 2011 1:00 a.m. ET

World number two golfer Lee Westwood, preparing Monday to take part in this week's Masters Tournament in Augusta, Ga., shared with reporters the previous evening's scare after the plane carrying him to Augusta was forced to make an emergency landing.

Westwood and Ryder Cup teammate Ross Fisher had just lifted off the ground following the Houston Open when a small cockpit fire broke out.

"We were a couple of minutes out of the airport," Westwood said Monday. "It was a bit scary. It never looks good when you can smell smoke and you turn round and see the pilots have put the masks on.

"The plane came down in a bit of a nosedive because you obviously have to get down as quick as you can," he added.


Westwood's supposed fear did not stop the top golfer from providing moment-by-moment commentary on his Twitter account.

"Do the [fire] engines normally follow you down the runway? Only when there's smoke in the cabin I guess!!! Westwood wrote, with accompanying photographs of the fire engines outside the plane.

"They're not here to put my putter out! That's not on fire!" Westwood quipped.

The British golfer told reporters Monday the small fired broke out in the private jet's instrument panel.