I’m not sure if this is new or not, but Google have apparently started adding links directly into the Google Suggest drop-down box (right). You won’t see this on a Google UK search, but switch over to google.com and you should get something similar.
As you’d expect, the link is what would appear in position #1 of the query suggestion at the top of the pile but I do wonder how this affects rank tracking tools that rely on Google’s ranking data in referrer strings.
Google have recently trialled having Adwords displayed in Suggest too so is this an overall attempt to streamline the user experience and cut out the SERPs altogether? Only time will tell.