Yeah, there's some weird thinking in that piece. For one thing, rookies don't usually win Majors. Nor do they break a billion won in season earnings. I don't think that's ever happened? So I would be surprised if these new rules affect the Rookie of the Year race.
Rookies of the Years do not win majors. It's dumb to even consider the idea. So Rookies are now being defined as "players who have never won a major before". How stupid.
THEREFORE, I must assume the article is being miss translated by Google. Remember that post recently about Im Hee Jeong focusing on winning more money....this likely explains that somewhat.
Players want to win "money" or "Majors" or both, especially since players must be in the top 60 in Money to retain their top status Tour Cards.
So, essentially, I'm going to assume the points system is being changed to a) ensure the award goes to the money winner and b) entice sponsors to increase money payouts. THEREFORE, if points are tied to money, the Rookie of the Year points are also tied to money. So everything is money, money, money. Perhaps the "points" mean next to nothing now, since...it's all money money money.
Back to point assumption A. Did someone win the "Grand Prize" who didn't top the money list? Maybe there was some dissatisfaction with that happening.
this explain it better I think - courtesy of google translate from the KLPGA
The higher the prize money the event offers - you'll get more points instead of the standard 50 points for all events
Majors were worth 70 points but has been increased to 100
"The Korea Women's Professional Golf Tour (KLPGT) reviewed, established, and changed various regulations through the '2023 1st KLPGT Board of Directors' held on the 31st (Tuesday).
Changes in regular tour points (grand prize points, rookie award points) according to prize money section As the size of the KLPGA Tour’s prize money continues to expand, the prize money section where regular tour points (grand prize and rookie award) are awarded has been realistically modified and implemented from the 2024 season.
First of all, KLPGT increased the target points for winners in each prize section to give benefits according to winning and strengthen competitiveness, and only changed the prize section for the rookie award to be the same as the target without changing points. In addition, it was decided to grant independent points unique to major competitions in order to promote differentiation and enhance authority for the winners and top runners-up in major competitions, and to distribute points in a reasonable way"
I think this might have been inspired by the fact the Su Ji Kim won the Player of the Year award last year, even though she only won twice, while Min Ji Park, who won six times, did not. But Park did win the money list. IMO they have always given too much weight to consistency over wins on the KLPGA when it comes to the POY.
Does anyone think Kim had a better year than Park and deserved to be called the Player of the Year? Well, she was more consistent in terms of top tens, whereas Park had a few below average stretches. But it's probably long overdue for them to rethink how they apportion POY points for top tens. We'll see how this goes.
Still don't get the Rookie bit. Are they really saying that anyone who hasn't won a Major is still a rookie? So Yeon Ryu didn't win her first KLPGA Major until 2020. Guess she was a Rookie for 12 years!