What a year it’s been for Inbee Park

Anna Nordqvist
Photo Credit: Sam Greenwood/Getty Images

Inbee Park of South Korea plays a shot on the fourth hole during the first round of the Pure Silk-LPGA Bahamas Classic at the Ocean Club course on May 24, 2013 in Paradise Island, Bahamas.

When Inbee Park won the 2012 Evian Masters, it ended what had been a four-year winless drought for her on the LPGA Tour. Park admits that the victory in Evian helped boost her confidence after she had reached a point where she wondered if she would ever return to the winner’s circle again following her victory at the 2008 U.S. Women’s Open at the age of 19.

Now fast forward 14 months to Park’s return to Evian-Les-Baines, France, and she finds herself in a far different position. The 25-year-old is now ranked No. 1 in the world and has won seven times since her victory here last year, including three major championships this year. Just one walk around town when she’s home in South Korea is symbolic of how much her life has changed over that span.

“When I won Evian last year here, it was only my second win on the LPGA Tour and I wasn't that much recognized back in Korean because there are so many players who won so many more events than me,” Park said. “ I was just one of the Koreans that's playing on the LPGA Tour.

“Now so many people now recognize me. And everything about media, all the families and friends, especially when I walk outside the house and go anywhere in Korea, a lot of people come up to me. It's like I'm a celebrity.”

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