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.”