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Celebs do battle on LA golf course

Celebrities hit the links in Los Angeles for a charity golf tournament but there were mixed messages about how competitive the occasion was.

Speaking before teeing off at the somewhat rainswept George Lopez Celebrity Golf Classic in aid of the Lopez Foundation, Iron Man 3 star Don Cheadle said the day was more social than sporting.

"We get out here, we get drunk, we swing and then it's over, somebody cheats enough on their card to win. There's no competition here. I'm OK, I wouldn't be out here if I was completely garbage."

But Silver Linings Playbook star Chris Tucker said he couldn't resist a little healthy competition, even if it was with himself.

"I've been working on my shot, I'm real competitive but my real competition is myself," he said.

"It's so hard to do but you don't have to be real good, you can just go out and have fun but I've got skills and they are going to wake back up."

However, champion boxer Sugar Ray Leonard said the actors were all out to win.

"It's very competitive and people have a tendency to cheat, I don't want to tell you who they are but they know who they are. I'm competitive by nature but I don't cheat any more."

Actor and comedian George Lopez, who started the tournament six years ago to raise funds for his charity, said he wasn't worried about the calibre of the players. "I don't care that they are good at golf, I just care about variety. Some of them are awful but that's OK."

The charity foundation raises money for military families, underprivileged children and people suffering from kidney failure.

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