Unforgiving 9th green bites Michelle Wie at the turn

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Michelle Wie was 1 over par through eight holes, and then essentially out of the championship 413 painful yards later when she tapped in for a quintuple-bogey 9 on the par-4 ninth hole during Thursday's first round of the U.S. Women's Open at Interlachen Country Club in Edina.

"Nine was just like a blur," Wie said after shooting an 8-over 81. "I had trouble counting how many strokes I had."

Wie's woes began with a drive into the rough. Blocked by trees, she hacked out to about 50 yards from the green. Her third shot came out hot and ended up behind the green, which is the worst place on the golf course to be because the bowl-shaped green slopes hard from back to front.

"It looks like a Pringles chip," said Wie, the 18-year-old former amateur phenom who is attempting to bounce back from a horrendous 2007 season.

Wie duffed her fourth shot and putted her fifth shot off the green and down the hill in front. She watched her sixth shot roll back to her, chipped her seventh shot 5 feet past, missed the downhill putt coming back and then tapped in.

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