The Links: Schwartzel, Sergio win; Arnold Palmer talks the state of golf

By Kyle Porter | Golf Writer

Welcome to our daily roundup of stories, photos, tweets and videos about golf (and other stuff). Hope you enjoy.

PGA Tour

Goodness, the last sentence here of Arnold Palmer's annual state-of-the-game piece is spectacular. (Golf Channel)

Davis Love ends 2012 on a high note. (Golf Channel)

Tiger Woods probably needs somebody to pop him a few times so he gets a chance to go pop him back. (ESPN)

Best and worst dressed of the year. (Golf Digest)

Really good read on the struggles of Jason Day. (Golf.com)

The idea of Jack Nicklaus playing tennis with Rory McIlroy and Caroline is -- well -- pretty funny. (GolfWeek)

BMW Championship wins tournament of the year. (PGA Tour)

Lee Trevino and Arnie have an epic exchange here at the PNC Father/Son Challenge. (GolfWeek)

Top pics of 2012 from the Golf Channel. Ian Poulter never ceases to amaze. (Part 1 | Part 2)

Cool look inside the ropes of a round with Arnie and Jack. (GolfWeek)

International

I love this -- Tom Watson encouraged his players to play money matches leading up to the Ryder Cup in 1993. (Golf Channel)

Sergio Garcia dropped a 61 in Malaysia to win on the Asian Tour on Sunday. (BBC Sport)

Good read on just how Tom Watson became Ryder Cup captain. (Golf Digest)

Final world rankings are out for 2012, and the top 10 is unchanged. (Golf Channel)

Don't look now, but Charl Schwartzel is rolling. (New York Times)

"What is happening in America [with Watson] has really come out of the blue, and maybe we'd need a name, a really big personality, to go up against a name." -- Peter Lawrie on Watson (Golf Channel)

McIlroy nominated for sports personality of the year. (Guardian)

Apparently that $2 million appearance fee that you heard about for McIlroy isn't true. (Golf.com)

Larry Nelson gets the pub for Ryder Cup snubs, but what about Hale Irwin? (Golf Digest)

Amateur

Interesting: Jordan Spieth leaves Texas to turn pro. (ESPN)

Good post by Sean Martin on why more amateurs will start turning pro in December. (GolfWeek)

Equipment/Travel

Callaway has some sweet-looking new irons. (Golf Digest)

The Freakonomics guys weigh in on the equipment debate. (Freakonomics)

Oakley is suing McIlroy over his new Nike deal. (ESPN)

A round of golf can confer longevity benefits just as robust as a 100-mile bike ride. (via @stevenpirtle) (Wall Street Journal)

Ted Bishop wants to bring the PGA or Ryder Cup back to Bethpage Black. (Golf.com)

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