- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 5, 2011

AUGUSTA, GA. (AP) - Lee Westwood is happy to be at the Masters after a brief scare on the flight from Houston.

He was on a private jet to Augusta when smoke filled the cabin a few minutes after takeoff. He says the pilots put on their oxygen masks and quickly turned the jet around and headed back to Houston. Fire trucks met the plane.

Westwood says the scare made everyone a little nervous for three or four minutes, but it wasn’t as dramatic as some have made it out to be.

Westwood is the only player to have been ranked No. 1 without a major title. The Englishman was last year’s Masters runner-up. He says Phil Mickelson told him after the final round to keep playing as he has and he’ll break through for his first major.

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AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) _ Lee Westwood is happy to be at the Masters after a brief scare on the flight from Houston.

He was on a private jet to Augusta when smoke filled the cabin a few minutes after takeoff. He says the pilots put on their oxygen masks and quickly turned the jet around and headed back to Houston. Fire trucks met the plane.

Westwood says the scare made everyone a little nervous for three or four minutes, but it wasn’t as dramatic as some have made it out to be.

Westwood was the Masters runner-up last year. The Englishman is the only player to have been ranked No. 1 without a major.