The No. 2 ranked golfer in the world was on his way to Augusta, but his private jet had to make an emergency landing after a fire broke out in the cockpit.
According to The Telegraph, Westwood was leaving from Houston with his manager Chubby Chandler, golfer Ross Fisher and two caddies.
"We were a couple of minutes out of the airport," Westwood reportedly said. "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 group had to return to George H.W. Bush International Airport and departed again later on Sunday night.